Jake told me to do another one while I was there, so have red rabbit #2
...I'm not sure why the preview is sideways...
Alright guys it's done. Thanks for the help.
Oh one quick thing, is that X formation of the thorny vines distracting? I've been trying some other arrangements, but it starts feeling forced and I keep reverting back to this arrangement.
Thanks for the comments everyone. I think bringing a bit the established colors into the environment was what I needed to do, though I may have gone overboard. It's close to being finished at this point other than tightening up the closer horn and maybe addressing some of the looseness in the lower half.
So I've been working on this piece and I do like how it's turning out so far, but I'm wondering if the lighting/color pallet feels too contradictory. I'm not sure if the lighting is coming across as too warm and... romantic(?) despite the subject matter.
Now, the intent of the image isn't supposed to be as creepy and foreboding as possible, though they are components. The idea is that this creature just noticed you and you don't know if it's going to run or attack. I guess I'm going for more mysterious than immediately dangerous. I felt like warmer colors helped with this, but I don't know if I've taken it too far.
I'm also wondering if the color palette is too limited.
This is still a work in progress, but any other critique is welcome.
I think it would help if you pulled down some of the saturation and brightness on the greenery as it is competing with your characters, yet not nearly as important. It's in a forest, so you have the opportunity to really design where light is and is not falling on objects. You can use this to your advantage to direct the viewer's eye.
I've had several art droughts due to various health problems. One thing I've found that helps is that, as soon as you are able to, start working on something every day. Several small things will probably better than one large project so that you don't get stuck on a bad drawing due to a bad day or overall skill regression from the drought.
Try not to be too hard on yourself for not measuring up to what you used to be able to do.
I really like those pig ones too. The style is distinct and the pencil work is nice in that it describes the forms and provides visually satisfying texture.
Here are a couple of "Art of" books that I like that haven't been mentioned yet.
Art of Journey
Monster Hunter Illustrations (1 and 2)
Okami Official Complete Works
Squarespace is another option to build your site.
In the meantime, I recommend using the portfolio site that you get with your DA account. I think if you just go to http://portfolio.deviantart.com/ while your logged into DA you can build it from there.